(670 The Score) Legendary Bears returner Devin Hester on Wednesday was named one of the 122 modern era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2022.
Hester’s inclusion made him one of 10 first-year eligible players for this Hall of Fame class. The 122 nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and then to 15 finalists in January.
Hester played the first eight of his 11 NFL seasons in Chicago after the Bears selected him in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He’s the NFL’s all-time leader with 20 return touchdowns. Within that all-encompassing return record, Hester holds the record with 14 punt returns for touchdowns. He also had five kickoff return scores and one missed field goal run back for a touchdown.
Hester recently joined 670 The Score host Laurence Holmes for an interview, where he stated his Hall of Fame case.
“When it comes to me, of course yes I was a kickoff and punter returner, but at the end of the day, what player stands out other than the player that’s always making the big plays?” Hester said. “Right? Always making the touchdowns, always making the big hits, always getting interceptions. Those are the players, when you look at the Hall of Fame, they all have the same thing in common. And in my defense, I believe I should be in the Hall of Fame just on what I brought to this game. What I did in the National Football League has never been done before. Never been done before. All these Hall of Famers that made it had done something that’s never been done before, whether it’s the most receiving yards, whether it’s the most rushing touchdowns, the most sacks, the most tackles. Now my situation, it’s the most kickoff and punt return (touchdowns) that’s ever been done in the NFL.
Not in one year, not in two years, you know what I mean? Like when you look at my stats and my position, just among everybody, like it’s not even close. So I think this league, the NFL, the Hall of Fame has been waiting for a guy in this position, that plays the return game that really, really, really solidified kickoff and punt returns.
“When you said game-changer, I’m pretty sure my name started ringing bells. And that’s why I feel like I should be in the Hall of Fame.”